Courtney Sanford was driving her Toyota Corolla to work while the hit song “Happy” was playing on the radio. Courtney decided to snap a “selfie” with her phone to share the moment on Facebook.
Texting While Driving
Regrettably, Courtney did not pull over to take the picture. While still driving, she opened her phone’s photo application, framed the shot, smiled, snapped the photo, and then posted it to Facebook. While Courtney was submitting her post, her car veered across the center median into oncoming traffic traveling at 45 miles per hour.
Tragedy From Distraction
Courtney’s Corolla collided with a 24,000 pound recycling truck, the car left the road, impacted a tree and burst into flames.
Heartache For Her Family
Courtney was killed instantly. She worked in the healthcare industry and was a college graduate with two degrees. Four days after the crash her parents, grandmother, and her two brothers laid her to rest. Courtney was 32 years old.
Courtney posted her selfie to Facebook that fateful day at 8:33 AM. Police and Fire crews received the first 911 call one minute later, at 8:34 AM.
Cell Phone Retrieved
At the scene of the accident Courtney’s cell phone was retrieved from the wreckage with her Facebook post still on the screen. Her last words were “The happy song makes me HAPPY.”
Dangers Of Texting While Driving
When discussing the accident with the media, Police Lieutenant Chris Weisner made the grim comparison between Courtney’s accident and the many public service advertisements aired to warn against the dangers of texting while driving.
Ads Warn Of Texting And Driving
Lieutenant Weisner said, “We’ve all seen these graphic advertisements on TV, this was real life.”
The story of Courtney’s accident and its unfortunate cause has been widely reported on television, in newspapers, and online. It is one of many similar stories that happen all too frequently.
Prime Of Her Life
Courtney was a young, attractive woman in the prime of her life. Her death is made all the more tragic because it was so totally preventable.